Shakedown book review: "dousing [HRCs] with gasoline"
Fr. Raymond de Souza writes a very friendly review of Shakedown in the National Post, likening me to an icebreaking ship smashing up Canada's human rights commissions. I'm glad that's how it looks, because that's what has to be done. Some excerpts:
...Ezra, more than any other Canadian, has been dousing [human rights commissions] with gasoline. Now, with his new book, Shakedown: How our Government is Undermining Democracy in the Name of Human Rights, he is lighting the match.
...Anyone who reads Shakedown will be convinced that their defeat is essential for the survival of liberty in Canada. We are not yet three months into 2009, but Ezra may well have written the most important public affairs book this year.
...The book needs to be read widely. Even for those familiar with HRC limitations on free speech, attacks on religious liberty, curtailing of freedom of the press and assaults on fundamental legal rights, there is much material about even more widespread abuses. To see it all assembled in one place is to discover that Canada has betrayed its heritage as country of free citizens.
There is much new material too, a litany of cases of such incredible kookery that the tale is often one of unintentional hilarity. ...The joke's on us, and the only ones laughing are the thousand or so bureaucrats of Canada's 13 HRCs.
It's a great review, but I'm particularly pleased (relieved, actually) to know that the book contains enough new information, that I have not blogged about, that even someone who is very familiar with the issue finds a lot of new content in the book -- it's not just a hard copy of this blog!